Last week we had a few sick days, as well as a few school weather delays. That typically means we watch a little more TV than normal. Luckily, the kids were amenable to me picking out some new things we’d never watched before. (Pokemon, The Ultimate Spiderman and Harry and His Bucketfull of Dinosaurs have been on REPEAT for the last two weeks and I was in the mood for something new.)

I decided to introduce them to Milo & Otis. I have fond memories of watching this kitten and puppy adventure when it first come out, and I was hoping the kids would enjoy it just as much.
Milo

 

Netflix has plenty of offerings featuring our favorite four-legged friends, for both younger and older kids alike. Their most recent introduction is the new Adventures of Puss in Boots series. It has a Y7 rating, so it’s best for your elementary-age children, not your toddlers.

Puss in Boots

Looking for some other pet-inspired shows/movies?

For the toddlers:
1. Pet Party
2. Clifford’s Puppy Days
3. Littlest Pet Shop
4. Snow Buddies
5. Sabrina, The Animated Series

For the big kids:
1. The Adventures of Puss in Boots
2. Annie
3. Step Dogs
4. Jumanji
5. Hachi: A Dog’s Tale
6. Air Bud
7. Monkey Trouble

What are your favorite pet inspired TV Shows or Movies?

As a huge fan and customer of Netflix, I am proud to be a member of the Netflix Stream Team. I received a Netflix subscription and a streaming device in return for posting Netflix updates and reviews. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Why are mornings so crazy?

by Erin L. on January 20, 2015

Being as yesterday was a holiday, we didn’t have school. I was relieved as that meant we’d have another calm, easy morning like Saturday and Sunday.

WRONG.

I was planning to go to the YMCA to work out. I’ve been super slack about working out since the new year started, but we worked out the last two days in a row and I was determined to stay on track.

We all got up at 8 (WOOHOO!), which gave us a solid two hours before we needed to leave for the Y. We had breakfast and I had time to sit with my coffee and read a few news articles. I got up to get dressed, yelled at the kids to get dressed and then….chaos.

We weren’t rushed, but then we were. I’m gently prodding the children to put on their shoes for the billionth time. They are talking and absent-mindedly wandering around. PUT YOUR DANG SHOES ON!

We finally got out the door and I heaved a huge sigh. Without fail, this is our morning routine.

At the beginning of the school year, I made some rules. You must have eaten breakfast, brushed your teeth and gotten dressed before you can watch a TV show. This worked for awhile…until it didn’t. Melt-downs started to happen when it was time to leave for school.

So now there’s not TV or tablets in the morning unless behavior has been exemplary. But that still hasn’t changed much. We’re still rushing out the door.

Maybe I need to plan things better so the kids don’t have time to play or dawdle. Maybe it needs to be that as soon as we’re dressed, we are walking out the door. I don’t know. I just know that something needs to be different.

I’m stressed out every morning and that is not a fun way to start my day.

What does your morning routine look like?

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Surviving winter weather with kids; how to avoid insanity

January 14, 2015
Tips and Tricks for Surviving Winter with Kids

I’m excited to bring on some new writers to the site. Formal announcements and changes coming soon. But for now…meet Kristin. School is cancelled due to weather…again. This means EVERYTHING else on the calendar (with the exception of my hubby’s work) is either cancelled or postponed as well. None of the regular kid activities are happening today: no open play at the local kid gym, no play time at our community center, no library classes, and no playgroups. It’s just me and the kids stuck at home all day long. […]

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He’s still my little boy

January 13, 2015
He's still my little boy

I’ve been a little cranky with Mr. A lately. He’s having some “development” issues, ie. behavior problems. I think he’s having a growth spurt as he’s eating ALL. THE. TIME. I’m hoping that’s the cause of his blatent lack of caring when I ask him to do something. But that’s not the point of this post. I’ve been reminiscing about my sweet boy and special moments we’ve had over the past few years. I’ve been worried that now that he’s in elementary school, he doesn’t care as much about spending time […]

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My Winter Beauty Must Haves

January 12, 2015
winter beauty must haves

Winter kills my skin. Everything is dry and full of static. My skin screams at me until March and I’m constantly hunting for hand creme and lip balm. Here are the items I am currently obsessed with: CapriClear Spray On Coconut Oil  – This stuff is awesome. It’s a spray-on of 100% fractionated coconut oil, one of the gentlest and most effective moisturizing ingredients available.  I use it on my feet and elbows every day. I’ve also had a weird rash near my eye and I haven’t wanted to put anything on […]

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World’s Toughest Rodeo, January 17 at PNC Arena

January 11, 2015
World toughest rodeo

Look out Raleigh. The World’s Toughest Rodeo will be back at PNC Arena next Saturday, January 17. We’ve gone to the rodeo over at Carousel Farms during the summer and we’ve seen a few at the State Fair, but never a full fledged rodeo. So this year, we’re taking Mr. A. Thirty professional cowboys will strap on a double dose of guts as they battle it out against the rankest Bulls and Broncs in North Carolina. Top cowboys will test their grit in bareback riding, saddle bronc riding and bull […]

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